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‘Let’s talk about Zionism,’ is message at July 4 parade in Wellfleet, MA

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Above is a sweet video of the July 4th Parade in Wellfleet, MA, last week. (Videographer is anonymous, posted by Holly Maguigan.) You can see Abdeen Jabara at :44, handing out leaflets. He reports: 

Wonderful event.  Historic occasion. This was sponsored by the July 4th Alliance for Palestinian Freedom. We specifically used “Zionist Israel” even though some people think we don’t need to mention Zionism either because they think it is redundant when mentioning Israel or that somehow Zionism is not totally implicated in What Israelis do to deny Palestinians their rights.  I personally think both are wrong.  The cards we handed out said on one side Palestine/Israel:  Peace or Apartheid.  Let’s talk about Zionism.

Writes Bruce Taub:

Every Fourth of July, in almost every American city and town there are Fourth of July parades celebrating America’s independence.  The Wellfleet July 4th Parade was saw 1000s of people lining the route, fire engines spraying the crowd, floats blowing bubbles or throwing candy or passing out bead necklaces to the kids.  The July 4th parade in Wellfleet, MA was like that except for the presence of the July 4th Palestinian Freedom Alliance float.  The applause and encouragment from the crowd was genuine.  The marchers  from ages 81 to 14 handed out 2000 of the postcards showing loss of Palestinian land from 1947 as they called out “Independence for Everyone.”  “Freedom and Justice for Everyone.”  The July 4th Alliance for Palestinian Freedom specifically used “Zionist Israel” to highlight Zionist ideology as the specific source of the enmity, not necessarily Israel per se.

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  1. just on July 7, 2014, 2:00 pm

    Yay Wellfleet! That’s exactly the right thing to do on any July 4th! End the Occupation!

    (I so wish I could have been there)

    Thanks Phil, Holly and Abdeen.

    And this conversation about Zionism is exactly what should take place everyday.

  2. Citizen on July 7, 2014, 2:47 pm

    98% of Americans have no clue what Jewish Zionism is, as ideology, as implemented history. Am I the only American who’s lived his whole life of way too many decades never encountering anyone who knows Jewish Zionist history and the US enablement of its un-American ideology?

    • just on July 7, 2014, 4:52 pm

      All most folks know is the horrible Holocaust and WW2.

      Full stop.

      A grievous pity– so many never wanted or want to know any truth about much of anything as long as their bubble is not popped…..when I’ve broached the ‘sacred’ subject, it’s as though I’ve sprouted horns and am roundly accused of anti- Semitism.

      A laugh a minute, indeed.

      • seafoid on July 8, 2014, 4:05 am

        “What has been published about the religious/ultra-Orthodox background of those who burned a teenager alive isn’t surprising. The “elite unit” Netanyahu praised has taken over every theological post in the establishment.

        The secretary-general of World Bnei Akiva – a religious youth movement that used to be moderate – demanded this week that Israeli soldiers be turned into an army of revenge and not stop at 300 Philistine foreskins. The head of the Jewish Identity Administration that Bennett established, a former IDF chief rabbi, demanded “state vengeance.” Fully 52 percent of Jewish first-graders study in religious or ultra-Orthodox schools, and most are imbibing the theology that “you [the Jews] are called man, and the nations of the world are not call man.”

        At the demonstration where those who burned a boy alive met up, demonstrators shouted the chant that has taken over the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team: “The Jew is a great soul; the Arab is a son of a bitch.” This isn’t a superficial slogan. In the theology of the generation trained by the establishment’s education system, Jews are told that non-Jews have no soul. Non-Jews have only the same animal spirit that beasts do. Only Jews have a truly human soul, to which the commandment “do not murder” applies. It’s not by chance that the influential ultra-Orthodox kabbalist Rabbi David Batzri said, “The Arabs are a nation of donkeys. They are Satan. They are donkeys and beasts.” ”

        Follow the trend.

    • Djinn on July 8, 2014, 4:49 am

      I’ve never lived in the US as such but spend months at a time there every few years, almost always in the North Eastern States, usually NYC. Each and every time I do, I’m struck by the ignorance of the US populace on this issue. I tend to forget how bad it is in the intervening years because the Americans I talk about Palestine to are other activists or the fine folk posting here. Even amongst people who are intelligent and progressive there’s this weird black hole of knowledge. The last time I was there, late last year I had just come off a trip to Gaza. I swear to god that when that came up in conversation, people looked shocked, and some even took a distinct step away from me as if any second I would scream Allahu Akbar and detonate myself.

      People in Australia & the UK are often surprised and often interested when they find out but in both those places I have never received the reaction I get in the US.

      In short, in my experience, no you’d be far from the only one who’s never encountered that Citizen.

  3. seafoid on July 7, 2014, 4:17 pm

    It would be great if Gideon Levy could speak at the event next year. He is flying .
    “In the Jewish state, there is no remnant of the biblical injunction to treat the minority or the stranger with justice. There are no more Jews left who marched with Martin Luther King or who sat in jail with Nelson Mandela. The Jewish state, which Israel insists the Palestinians recognize, must first recognize itself. At the end of the day, at the end of a terrible week, it seems that a Jewish state means a racist, nationalistic state, meant for Jews only. “

    • just on July 7, 2014, 4:46 pm

      Blessing Gideon Levy again right now. (I do this often.)

      He’s watched from the inside/out for a long time now.

  4. seafoid on July 7, 2014, 4:30 pm

    This is a humdinging Ha’aretz editorial.
    Chimes with what this site is about and has been warning about
    “Jewish hate of Arabs proves: Israel must undergo cultural revolution

    Without a revolution based on humanist values, the Jewish tribe will not be worthy of its own state.

    Haaretz Editorial | Jul. 7, 2014 | 2:20 AM | 17

    There are no words to describe the horror allegedly done by six Jews to Mohammed Abu Khdeir of Shoafat. Although a gag order bars publication of details of the terrible murder and the identities of its alleged perpetrators, the account of Abu Khdeir’s family — according to which the boy was burned alive — would horrify any mortal. Anyone who is not satisfied with this description, can view the horror movie in which members of Israel’s Border Police are seen brutally beating Tariq Abu Khdeir, the murder victim’s 15-year-old cousin.

    The Israel Police was quick to label the murderers “Jewish extremists,” meaning they aren’t part of the herd, they are outliers, “wild weeds.” This is the police’s way of trying to justify a sin, to “make the vermin kosher.” But the vermin is huge, and many-legged. It has embraced the soldiers and other young Israelis who overran the social media networks with calls for revenge and with hatred for Arabs. The vermin was welcomed by Knesset members, rabbis and public figures who demanded revenge. Nor did it skip over the prime minister, who declared “Vengeance for the blood of a small child, Satan has not yet created.”

    Abu Khdeir’s murderers are not “Jewish extremists.” They are the descendants and builders of a culture of hate and vengeance that is nurtured and fertilized by the guides of “the Jewish state”: Those for whom every Arab is a bitter enemy, simply because they are Arab; those who were silent at the Beitar Jerusalem games when the team’s fans shouted “death to Arabs” at Arab players; those who call for cleansing the state of its Arab minority, or at least to drive them out of the homes and cities of the Jews.

    No less responsible for the murder are those who did not halt, with an iron hand, violence by Israeli soldiers against Palestinian civilians, and who failed to investigate complaints “due to lack of public interest.” The term “Jewish extremists” actually seems more appropriate for the small Jewish minority that is still horrified by these acts of violence and murder. But they too recognize, unfortunately, that they belong to a vengeful, vindictive Jewish tribe whose license to perpetrate horrors is based on the horrors that were done to it.

    Prosecuting the murderers is no longer sufficient. There must be a cultural revolution in Israel. Its political leaders and military officers must recognize this injustice and right it. They must begin raising the next generation, at least, on humanist values, and foster a tolerant public discourse. Without these, the Jewish tribe will not be worthy of its own state. “

    • just on July 7, 2014, 4:43 pm

      Hallelujah, Haaretz!

      Hum along with this:

    • Shmuel on July 7, 2014, 4:50 pm

      They must begin raising the next generation, at least, on humanist values, and foster a tolerant public discourse. Without these, the Jewish tribe will not be worthy of its own state.

      Well-meaning gobbledygook. As long as Israeli Jews like the author of this editorial believe that “the Jewish tribe” (as opposed to the current citizens of the state and those ethnically cleansed from it) is “worthy of its own state”, the state in question will be incapable of instilling “humanist values” and fostering “a tolerant public discourse”. The Jewish religious metaphor that comes to mind is “purifying oneself while clinging to an unclean thing” (i.e. a hypocritical exercise in futility).

      • just on July 7, 2014, 4:58 pm

        I haven’t wanted to advocate taking this terrible moment in time as an opportunity, but I do appreciate that others are.

        I think it is not “gobbledygook” in this case. I hope that this gets some more people in Israel and around the world to look at reality.

      • Shmuel on July 7, 2014, 5:24 pm

        I think it is not “gobbledygook” in this case. I hope that this gets some more people in Israel and around the world to look at reality.

        I understand what you’re saying, just, but I’m so tired of the hand-wringing of the Israeli “left”. There’s another article in today’s Haaretz, that is equally well-meaning and equally deluded, by a former Labour Party leader and one of Israel’s leading doves. If even the doves cling to the idea of ethnocracy and the racism and discrimination it necessarily entails — while self-righteously beating the breasts of others — where is the hope for a “cultural revolution”?

      • seafoid on July 7, 2014, 5:58 pm

        Bernard Lonergan said: “A civilisation (for which read country) in decline digs its own grave with relentless insistence. It cannot be argued out of its destructive way.”

         Success is more permanent when you achieve it without destroying your principles. ~Walter Cronkite

      • Shmuel on July 7, 2014, 6:06 pm

        A far more interesting article in today’s Ha’aretz is Eva Illouz’ “Are We Really as Moral as We Think?” (so far only in Hebrew, I think):

      • wondering jew on July 7, 2014, 6:49 pm

        Shmuel- The metaphor of purity fits, because if you are seeking purity you will never find it. The problem with the Haaretz editorial is not its content but that it is left wing hand wringing. If in fact Netanyahu and Lieberman believed in the editorial and followed through on the editorial it would be revolutionary, in the right direction and would make a big difference. But in fact it is left wing hand wringing and therefore all such editorials fall flat because: “If you’re out of power, why not demand purity, when reform is not on the horizon?”

        There is a basic problem when trying to solve the “respect for the other” issue in Israel: both its founding act of ethnic cleansing and its current “essence” of “demographic stability” are contrary to the “respect for the other” principle. (Clear minded followers of Jabotinsky might consider themselves able to juggle the contradiction. They consider themselves capable of being respectful of the other, while realizing that the necessities of the life of bayonets involve certain acts and attitudes that need not affect human feelings. That ain’t me. I’m more like an observer these days than an advocate.) So the issues you raised are real, no question. But when I read the haaretz editorial it was not its content but its reality (left wing newspaper exerts a few lines of good intent, but useless effect) that left me cold.

      • seafoid on July 8, 2014, 4:17 am

        “But in fact it is left wing hand wringing and therefore all such editorials fall flat because: “If you’re out of power, why not demand purity, when reform is not on the horizon?”

        Shutting down YESHA, a 47 year old project, reforming the Israeli education system, changing how Yedioth Ahranoth thinks about Palestinians – all these would require the application of power. So nothing will happen on that front.

        But this editorial is a marker and it’s a sign to all those American Jews, the Yoffies and the Dershes, who say that Israel is fine. It’s actually very unwell.

      • Mooser on July 8, 2014, 3:34 pm

        Ah yes, Yonah, I can see where you are going with your criticism of Haaretz’s “left-wing” bent. I mean, after all, isn’t it obvious that the solutions for Israel’s problems will come from the Israeli political right?

    • Woody Tanaka on July 7, 2014, 5:08 pm

      Well, call me cynical, but this sounds like so much crying after the shooting. The real test will be if there is any change in real life.

  5. Chespirito on July 7, 2014, 4:39 pm

    Great work in Wellfleet! If you do it again next year we’ll join you–Chase and Jenny

  6. Citizen on July 8, 2014, 1:05 am

    Wellfleet’s july 4th Let’s Talk About Zionism never made it onto cable TV news, did it?

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